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UK MPs vote against amended Brexit deal

Wednesday, 13 March 2019, 9:34 am | RNZ

MPs in UK's House of Commons this morning have rejected British Prime Minister Theresa May's amended Brexit deal. More >>

Eric Watson's Cullen Group avoided $51m in tax: High Court

Tuesday, 12 March 2019, 4:56 pm | RNZ

The High Court has sided with Inland Revenue (IRD) in a multi-million dollar tax avoidance case involving high profile businessman Eric Watson's company Cullen Group. More >>

Battle to contain scrub blaze south of Dunedin

Tuesday, 12 March 2019, 4:40 pm | RNZ

Six crews and a helicopter are involved in the fire fight near Kuri Bush, about 30km south of Dunedin. More >>

Plea for EQC rethink as insurers withdraw from market

Tuesday, 12 March 2019, 4:13 pm | RNZ

A consumer watchdog wants the government to rethink the Earthquake Commission (EQC) as more people are pushed out of getting property and contents insurance. More >>

SFO to investigate Jami-Lee Ross National donation complaint

Tuesday, 12 March 2019, 3:54 pm | RNZ

Independent MP Jami-Lee Ross says he understands the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into a complaint on a National Party donation is looking at tracing the money back through different bank accounts. More >>

Publicised Cruelty: Scott Morrison Visits Christmas Island

Tuesday, 12 March 2019, 3:03 pm | Binoy Kampmark

His visit struck a sour note. The Australian prime minister Scott Morrison was making an effort to show he cared: about those intangible things called borders, secure firm and shut to the unwanted human matter coming by sea. The distant Australian ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Shane Jones, and a Huawei update

Tuesday, 12 March 2019, 11:44 am | Gordon Campbell

F or better and worse, this is a small country, and the business community in Northland is smaller still. Beyond that again, the sources of venture capital for Maori business endeavours up North must be vanishingly small. Therefore, almost from its inception, ... More >>

PM's Post-Cab 11/3/19: China, Jones, Tax

Tuesday, 12 March 2019, 10:23 am | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern began her weekly press conference by noting that a date had been set for the official opening of the ongoing China-NZ Year of tourism. Delays in this event had contributed to suggestions of deteriorating relations between ... More >>

Grand Jury Efforts: Jailing Chelsea Manning

Monday, 11 March 2019, 10:37 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“I will not comply with this, or any other grand jury.” So explained Chelsea Manning in justifying her refusal to answer questions and comply with a grand jury subpoena compelling her to testify on her knowledge of WikiLeaks. “Imprisoning ... More >>

New Zealand rated third best in OECD for working women

Monday, 11 March 2019, 11:49 am | RNZ

New Zealand has been rated among the top countries in the world for working women. More >>

Global rainbow conference attendees waiting on visas

Monday, 11 March 2019, 11:32 am | RNZ

About 50 participants for a global rainbow community conference still have not been granted visas ten days out from the event in Wellington. More >>

Vaccine boost as measles cases rise in Canterbury

Monday, 11 March 2019, 11:16 am | RNZ

Thousands of MMR vaccines are being delivered to Canterbury as its measles outbreak widens to 20 confirmed cases this weekend. More >>

NZDF response to documentary 'confirms many' accusations

Monday, 11 March 2019, 10:45 am | RNZ

The makers of a documentary accusing the Defence Force of committing offences in Afghanistan say a review into those allegations is inadequate. More >>

New Zealanders rack up $10m in unpaid toll fees

Monday, 11 March 2019, 10:32 am | RNZ

New Zealanders owe almost $10 million in unpaid tolls and administration fees for travelling on the country's toll roads. More >>

Shane Jones denies conflict in Northland PGF decision

Monday, 11 March 2019, 9:58 am | RNZ

The National Party is questioning Shane Jones' role in a decision to grant a group $4.6 million from the Provincial Growth Fund - calling it a conflict of interest. More >>

Distribution pricing reform will make disturbing price shock

Sunday, 10 March 2019, 2:43 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Electricity Authority has been warned sudden implementation of more efficient electricity distribution pricing will bring “disturbing” price shocks for many customers. More >>

Environmental tax debate lost in political storm

Sunday, 10 March 2019, 2:40 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Government’s seemingly naive belief the release of the Tax Working Group’s report would spark a reasoned debate on tax reform has been dashed, greatly reducing the political opportunity for the expansion of environmental taxes. More >>

Govt blocks litter fine increase to focus on bigger picture

Sunday, 10 March 2019, 2:38 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Government parties have voted down a National MP’s Bill which would have increased the maximum litter infringement fine from $400 to a maximum of $1000. More >>

A Fancy Hypocrisy: China, Australia and Coal Mania

Sunday, 10 March 2019, 12:41 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Fear them for their technology; fear them for their ideology and their authoritarianism. But embrace interference and involvement in the economy if it involves coal. This is the fancy hypocrisy of Australian politics, one driven to lunacy and inconsistency ... More >>

Foreign minister visits Fiji to strengthen military ties

Friday, 8 March 2019, 10:20 am | Socialist Equality Group

Winston Peters, foreign affairs minister in New Zealand’s Labour Party-led government, used a two-day visit to Fiji late last month to announce measures to bolster Fiji’s military and “take the Fiji-New Zealand relationship to a new level.” More >>

Iraqi Man Dies in Villawood

Thursday, 7 March 2019, 5:40 pm | Jane Salmon

Another man has died in Villawood detention centre this week. He was from Iraq. His name has not yet been released because next of kin have not been informed. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the handling of sexual assault complaints

Thursday, 7 March 2019, 12:40 pm | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on the handling of sexual assault complaints (and ticket scalping) First published on Werewolf More >>

Hamish Bond returns to rowing

Thursday, 7 March 2019, 11:25 am | RNZ

Two time Olympic rowing champion Hamish Bond is returning to the water after spending the last two years competing in cycling. More >>

NZ sex work model a world leader, expert says

Thursday, 7 March 2019, 11:18 am | RNZ

New Zealand’s decriminalised sex work model is a world leader and works in the favour of local prostitutes, a research from The Netherlands says. More >>

'We're not working on prevention' - road police

Thursday, 7 March 2019, 10:57 am | RNZ

Police patrolling the country's roads say they are understaffed and unable to effectively tackle road safety. More >>

'Adverse' refugees to be treated on Christmas Island

Thursday, 7 March 2019, 10:48 am | RNZ

Refugees detained on Manus Island and Nauru considered to be of "adverse character" will be sent to Christmas Island if they try to come to Australia under new medical evacuation laws. More >>

Stateless former child slave in Aussie indefinite detention

Thursday, 7 March 2019, 10:41 am | RNZ

During his sometimes unbelievable and often tragic life, he's been kept as a slave, people have wanted to kill him and, at all times, he's been a man without a country. More >>

Māori Television's finances panned in select committee

Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 4:54 pm | RNZ

An Auditor-General review of Māori Television's finances has been described as damning by politicians at a Māori Affairs Select Committee today. More >>

Militarised Conservation: Paramilitary Rangers and the WWF

Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 2:06 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Think charity, think vulnerability and its endless well of opportunistic exploitation. Over the years, international charity organisations have been found with employees keen to take advantage of their station. That advantage has been sexual, financial ... More >>

Would you like some sea lions with your squid rings?

Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 12:11 pm | Lynley Tulloch

The recent reports of five endangered sea lions killed in one week in New Zealand waters by Sanford squid fishing vessels is disquieting. These sea lions were caught near the Auckland Island marine sanctuary in the Southern Ocean, which is their main ... More >>

Proposed fireworks ban sparks debate on animal distress

Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 12:08 pm | Lynley Tulloch

After public consultation, the Auckland Council’s Governing Body has asked Government to ban the private use and sale of fireworks. Of 8000 public submissions, almost 90 per cent were in support of a ban. Many submissions held concerns for the safety ... More >>

The world talks about climate change while Kiribati waits

Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 11:58 am | RNZ

As public discussion on climate change and ways to arrest its impact continue around the world, one of many low-lying atolls in the Pacific wrestles with the issue right now. More >>

NZ regional town house prices getting unaffordable - mayors

Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 11:13 am | RNZ

Mayors in some regional towns in the North Island are warning a jump of up to 30 percent in the year to February signals unaffordability for first home buyers. More >>

Eminem lawyers take NZ National Party to Supreme Court

Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 11:01 am | RNZ

Eminem's legal team are heading to the Supreme Court, as the copyright stoush over the National Party's 2014 election advertisement drags on. More >>

Salvage of wrecked ship in Solomon Islands finally underway

Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 10:54 am | RNZ

A month after a bulk loader ran aground in Solomon Islands, the salvage operation has only just swung into action. More >>

Sroubek 'double' Antolik likely to have visited New Zealand

Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 10:21 am | RNZ

Immigration records of the convicted gangster Karel Sroubek suggest his fellow Czech kickboxer Jan Antolik - whose passport he used to evade authorities as a wanted man - may also have come to New Zealand. More >>

Climate change protest on school day divides MPs

Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 10:04 am | RNZ

Labour and Green party MPs supporting next week's school strike for action on climate change are being careful not to encourage students to wag classes to protest. More >>

“Jewish Power” Party is the New Norm in Israeli Politics

Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 9:59 am | Ramzy Baroud

Immediately after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forged an alliance with the fringe political group, Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power), a widespread outrage ensued. More >>

Why a proposed CGT could mean tax cuts for most NZers

Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 9:35 am | The Conversation

Commentators have described the proposed tax as a “mangy dog”, “an envy tax”, an “attack on the kiwi way of life” and “offensive to New Zealand values”... Missing from the debate is the fact that a capital gains tax should reduce income ... More >>

Cook Islands government backs name change body

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 4:31 pm | RNZ

A committee in the Cook Islands tasked with finding a new name for the country has received tentative support from the government, ahead of a possible referendum on the issue. More >>

Journalism Has a Problem - It’s Called Capitalism!

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 4:28 pm | Joseph Cederwall

Much has been written of late about the ‘problems’ of the Journalism industry and in particular the impacts of consolidation and layoffs on local news coverage. However, I would propose that to the extent that Journalism does in fact have a problem, ... More >>

Vanuatu's president to pardon convicted former MPs

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 4:26 pm | RNZ

Vanuatu's president plans to pardon 14 former MPs who were convicted and pardoned of bribery and corruption in 2015. More >>

NZ asked to lead Bougainville independence vote security aid

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 4:23 pm | RNZ

New Zealand has been asked to lead a regional support mission to assist with security during Bougainville's independence referendum in October. More >>

PM rules out change to MMP threshold before next election

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 4:15 pm | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has ruled out lowering the MMP threshold in time for next year's election. More >>

Call for NZ to take 'Kiwi jihadi' Mark Taylor likely

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 4:05 pm | RNZ

New Zealand can shortly expect demands from Kurdish officials to take the imprisoned Kiwi IS fighter, Mark Taylor, off their hands. More >>

Lime scooters to be allowed back on Dunedin streets

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 3:58 pm | RNZ

Lime scooters are to be allowed back on Dunedin's streets, the e-scooter company says. More >>

PM's Post-Cab 4/3/19: Ticket Scalpers and Jihadis

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 12:48 pm | The Scoop Team

PM Ardern discussed Mark Taylor, a New Zealand recruit to ISIS in Syria now held by the Kurdish forces, with Justice Minister (and minister responsible for the security services) Andrew Little. The government had no intention of leaving Mr Taylor stateless ... More >>

NZD dollar sticks to tight range, eyes on RBA

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 11:09 am | BusinessDesk

March 5 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand dollar remains stuck in a tight range ahead of key events this week, including the Reserve Bank of Australian monetary policy review later today. More >>

British Labour’s Fractious Jaunt

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 10:02 am | Binoy Kampmark

They could not hold on. A small – and in the scheme of things negligible group – split from the British Labour mothership last month in an effort to salvage some self-described form of credibility. In truth, they were the original sceptics of ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on justice for Kiwi jihadis

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 9:53 am | Gordon Campbell

Mark Taylor, the Kiwi recruit to ISIS, ultimately put himself in the hands of the Kurdish forces in northern Syria . More >>

Review - The Plot to Attack Iran

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 9:52 am | Jim Miles

The Plot to Attack Iran - How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Iran. Dan Kovalik. Skyhorse Publishing, New York, 2018. More >>

Let’s Try to Elect Bernie Sanders

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 9:49 am | David Swanson

About four months ago, I organized over 100 scholars, intellectuals, and activists to publish an open letter to Senator Bernie Sanders, which was then signed by over 10,000 more people, several of whom volunteered to deliver it to Senator Sanders. ... More >>

Overnight Wairarapa road closures adds six hours travel

Monday, 4 March 2019, 12:43 pm | RNZ

The overnight closure of the main route from Wairarapa to Wellington is frustrating trucking companies and corrections staff. More >>

NZ sends experts to help with Solomons' oil spill

Monday, 4 March 2019, 12:33 pm | RNZ

New Zealand's government is sending two experts to help with the recovery effort for a ship which is spilling oil in Solomon Islands. More >>

Vanuatu angered by French warship's visit to disputed island

Monday, 4 March 2019, 12:27 pm | RNZ

Vanuatu's foreign minister has summoned senior French diplomats claiming provocation over a pair of disputed islands between Vanuatu and New Caledonia. More >>

Gordon Campbell on why Justin Trudeau’s fate matters to NZ

Monday, 4 March 2019, 10:59 am | Gordon Campbell

The scandal now engulfing Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party is the kind of train wreck that confirms the public’s worst feelings about politicians and their back-room dealings. The fact that the Mr Nice Guy of global politics is at the centre of it ... More >>

Arming frontline police officers will not be routine - Commissioner

Monday, 4 March 2019, 10:30 am | RNZ

The Police Commissioner says there is not a move towards routine arming of frontline officers in response to the increased threat of armed criminals. More >>

Auckland mayoralty: 'Real race' as Goff confirms candidacy

Monday, 4 March 2019, 10:15 am | RNZ

Aucklanders have a mayoral fight on their hands and it looks like it's going to get scrappy. More >>

Glorious Bitchery: Yorgos Lanthimos and The Favourite

Sunday, 3 March 2019, 3:56 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Yorgos Lanthimos likes his subjects deranged and troubled. He likes seeing queens in the slap, servants in the lurch, and women in mud. But that is just one side. The Favourite is a film of exotic, exorbitant bitchery, filmed with aesthetic relish. ... More >>

Alexander Bisley interviews Neko Case

Saturday, 2 March 2019, 3:04 pm | Alexander Bisley

Neko Case ( Hell-On ) is one of today's great live singer-songwriters, and a highlight of the Auckland Arts Festival . Her oeuvre ranges from ruminations like ‘Afraid’ (“You are beautiful, and you are alone”) to barnstormers like ‘Man’ (“I ... More >>

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